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Published:July 21st, 2006 11:57 EST
EPA cites Ahlstrom for clean-air violations

EPA cites Ahlstrom for clean-air violations

By SOP newswire

CHICAGO (July 21, 2006) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited Ahlstrom Engine Filtration LLC for alleged clean-air violations at the company's facility at 1200 Elm St., Taylorville, Ill.

EPA alleges that Ahlstrom violated its state construction permit by failing to meet 98 percent control efficiency with its thermal oxidizer used to reduce volatile organic compound emissions from a paper saturator.

"EPA's mission is to protect public health and the environment," said Acting Regional Administrator Bharat Mathur. "We will take whatever steps are needed to ensure compliance with the Clean Air Act."

These are preliminary findings of violations. To resolve them, EPA may issue a compliance order, assess an administrative penalty or bring suit against the company. Ahlstrom has 30 days from receipt of the notice to meet with EPA to discuss resolving the allegations.

Volatile organic compounds contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone or smog. Smog is formed when a mixture of air pollutants is baked in the hot summer sun. Smog can cause a variety of respiratory problems, including coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest pain. People with asthma, children and the elderly are especially at risk, but these health concerns are important to everyone.